Joe DiVanna

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Joe DiVanna

Author and international speaker on finance, strategy and technology

Joe DiVanna runs an innovation think-tank providing research and advisory services to the financial services industry, global businesses and governments. He was described by the Financial Times as "one of the foremost experts in sharia-compliant finance". Joe's insight on twenty-first century business and banking focuses on the premise that in order to be competitive, all businesses must have a strong value proposition that is memorable, credible, demonstrable, measurable and actionable.

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Joe DiVanna runs an innovation think-tank providing research and advisory services to the financial services industry, global businesses and governments. He was described by the Financial Times as "one of the foremost experts in sharia-compliant finance". Joe's insight on twenty-first century business and banking focuses on the premise that in order to be competitive, all businesses must have a strong value proposition that is memorable, credible, demonstrable, measurable and actionable.

Joe DiVanna has specialised in management and strategy. During his career, he has helped organisations to rethink financial services, redefine entertainment and media production, streamline manufacturing operations, reduce pharmaceutical development time, and improve customer service in electric utilities. He has specialised further in banking and finance, with a special focus on ethical banking and Islamic Banking.

Joe is the author of the annual Top 500 Islamic Banks supplement to the November issue of The Banker Magazine. His research has been featured on AMR Research, Lafferty and VRL Knowledge, as well as numerous industry journals and magazines.

Joe has recently helped the African Banking Corporation develop its brand strategy in Southern Africa and Barclays Bank, Ghana, develop a strategy for promoting affordable housing in Ghana.

Recent clients include: MasterCard, African Banking Corporation, Barclays, First National Bank, VISA International, J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, UBS, Arabian Society for Human Resource Management, Royal and Sun Alliance, BUPA, BT Global, Deloitte, IBM, Hewlett-Packard.

Client Testimonials:

"The Visa Business School Team are all extremely happy with this year's event'and we would like to thank Joe DiVanna for his personal contribution to our shared success" Head of the Visa Business School Team, Visa International

"Joe was simply fabulous his presentation was absolutely first-rate, and was extremely well-received by the delegates. Joe was extremely flexible, friendly and easy to work with." Conference Organiser, Middle East Financial Technology Conference

"Thank you for the excellent presentation that you gave at the Business Forum. Your talk was well received and proved extremely popular amongst all levels of management." Director, Organisational Development, BUPA

"Thought-provoking and inspiring" Arabian Society for Human Resource Management

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Competitive Strategies for Islamic Banks

Islamic banking is enjoying a renaissance. As Muslims around the world gain greater access to Shariah-based financial services, the nature of competition in domestic markets is undergoing changes. Market growth brings increased competition forcing Islamic banks to change how they approach the market, apply technology, brand products, package services and connect with their customers.

Joseph DiVanna is an acknowledged global authority on the Islamic banking industry. He is the author of A New Financial dawn: The Rise of Islamic Banking, Understanding Islamic Banking: The Value Proposition that Transcends Cultures and How to Run a Bank. He is the co-author of Top 500 Islamic Financial Institutions, an annual supplement published by The Banker magazine and the Financial Times.

Joe presents a Masterclass on the six key issues that Islamic banks must master to compete in their local markets.

1) The State of the Global Islamic Finance Industry
2) Competitive Factors and Market Maturity
3) Changing Landscape of Competition in Domestic Markets
4) Understanding the Value Proposition of Islamic Banking
5) Engaging Customers: Demographics, Segmentation and Marketing
6) Innovation and Invention in Islamic Banking and Finance

The masterclass can be one-day or a half-day in duration. Joe has developed a highly interactive programme which will give delegates the skills to improve competitiveness, implement client-focused change and deliver service and value to Islamic banking customers. He can design the programme for a CEO and a Board of Directors, or for individual departments within an organisation, for example, Customer Service, Marketing, Human Resources
 

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